A Laveen elementary school is among the campuses across the U.S. to receive a new school garden as part of the Sprouts Foundations’ 24 Gardens in 24 Hours in 24 Communities campaign.
Maurice C. Cash Elementary School, at 3851 W. Roeser Road, Phoenix, within the Laveen Elementary District, as part of Sprouts’ $500,000 investment in local schools across the country for nutrition education.
The garden (and the 23 others) will be built by volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 23.
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation launched the program in April to celebrate Earth Month. From a pool of more than 3,000 nominations by Sprouts customers, a three-month process involving interviews and vetting generated in the selection of the final 24 schools.
On Sept. 23 an estimated 500 Sprouts team members across the country will join together to install these learning spaces to build 24 school gardens in 24 hours.
“These schools represent 24 incredible communities, comprised of teachers and students, that will now have access to an outdoor garden, where classroom lessons can be brought to life through hands-on learning,” Lyndsey Waugh, Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation executive director, shared in a press release. “Students can experience the magic of watching seeds sprout, and fresh fruits and vegetables grow.”
In addition to funding the physical garden spaces, the Foundation’s donation will also support training for educators at each school site to learn how to effectively incorporate the garden into teaching practices across all grade levels.
Since its inception in 2015, the Foundation has granted $18 million to more than 400 nonprofit partners focused on advancing children’s nutrition education and school-based gardening programs.